It is a hot, hot day, and poor Tucker needs to cool off. Pretty soon, he's off his rocker... in front of the fan... and off on a crazy adventure on his trusty skateboard.
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Leslie McGuirk founded the design studio of McGuirk's Quirks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her lively, earth-friendly images have created a marketing phenomenon in Japan, where she is a well-known artist and has published several children's books. Currently more than eighthundred products featuring her designs are available in Asia and the United States, several of which feature Tucker. Her picture books about Tucker are based on her own West Highland terrier adn his two brothers.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-Tucker is a playful West Highland terrier, similar to Rosemary Wells's McDuff. In the first book, the author blends the use of prepositions with Tucker's activities on a hot summer day. The pup goes "off his rocker," literally, and jumps in front of the fan. From there, he goes onto his skateboard. His adventure continues as he seemingly travels the globe via taxi, flying carpet, parachute, and raft, ending up back in his rocker where he started. In the second title, Tucker's nose for adventure takes him to the circus. He ends up as part of an act in order to earn his favorite treat, popcorn. Then he decides that the circus life is not for him and goes home, where his owner returns from a party with a surprise- popcorn. The cool background colors with lots of empty space create energy for the charming canine as he bounds across the pages. The use of multiple Tuckers to portray movement may require explanation for the youngest readers. Overall, though, he is an appealing character and these small-format books will undoubtedly find an audience.
DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Leslie McGuirk (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0670893420
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110670893420